In this call for proposals you can apply for programme support grants for the period 1 July 2023–30 June 2029, given within the framework of the national research programme on working life. The grants are intended to build up new or to strengthen and develop existing research environments of a certain size, to help meet challenges in working life by developing and disseminating knowledge. A total of SEK 120 million is reserved for the years 2023–2028.

Please note! Clarification on the closure of the call Challenges in working life 2023: The call closes January 17 at 14:00. There have been various information in the call text and in Prisma. It is the information in the call text below that is correct.

Focus areas

There are major changes and challenges facing today’s working life. Forte has prioritised challenges where the need for knowledge is great and the scope of current research insufficient. Applications to this call should focus on one or more of the themes described below:

  • The significance of digital technology to an efficient and flexible working life linked to people’s conditions and needs
  • The green transition and working life
  • Developing the welfare state to support a sustainable working life
  • Female-dominated occupations: The physical and psychosocial work environment, linked to the status and wages of female-dominated occupations

Read more about the focus areas in the attached document Information about the call – Challenges in Working Life 2023.

The call is formed by the programme’s three identified challenges in working life: Creating a sustainable, inclusive working life; Promoting good working conditions; Achieving a health-promoting working life. The challenges, alongside a number of strategies for how research can meet these challenges, are described in the Strategic Research Agenda for the National Programme on Working Life (in Swedish).

Forte’s work is also expected to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. This call is part of that work. The research funded by this call is expected to be relevant to several of the national objectives adopted by the Riksdag as the core of Sweden’s efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda.

An application may relate to either basic or needs-driven research. Research groups must include expertise from multiple research disciplines and both senior and junior researchers. In the application, it must be stated what the international connection looks like.

About the grant

Grant type: Programme support grant. Programme support grants are intended to build up new or to strengthen and develop existing research environments of a certain size that address common research questions and research areas. The aim is to build knowledge and develop competence in strategic areas in the long term.

Limitations: The same person can submit one application as main applicant and one application as co-applicant, or two applications as co-applicant.

Grant length: 6 years

Budget limit: Maximum SEK 24 million for the whole programme period 1 July 2023–30 June 2029. Annual budget may not exceed SEK 4 million (including indirect costs).

Eligibility requirements: To apply for a programme grant you must have completed a doctoral degree no later than the date of the call closing.

The administering organisation must have an account

To be able to apply for a grant, a Swedish university or another research funding body must administrate the funding and have an organisational account in Prisma. The administering organisation should apply for this in due time via Prisma. Forte’s criteria for administering organisations.

Time plan

The call opens: 13 October 2022 10:00 CEST
Deadline for applications: 17 January 2023 14:00 CET
Forte’s board decides on funding: May 2023
Decisions are published: Shortly after Forte’s board decision
Project start: 1 July 2023